Eastern Golf Club Move gets a step closer, and so do the Developers

The Board of the Eastern Golf Club has advised members in its October newsletter that its amended planning application for the relocation of the EGC to the Yering site has now been lodged with the Shire of Yarra Ranges.  The Board is ‘hopeful of a decision by Council by the end of the year or otherwise in late January, early February 2012’.
The approval of this planning application will most likely trigger the sale of the golf club to its preferred purchaser: Mirvac.  In fact, residents living within proximity of the Club have already seen conveyancing being undertaken with markings ( O.B.) on street pavements well outside of the EGC boundary.  We do not know what this means.
With Manningham Council currently undertaking a review of Manningham’s Residential Strategy –  it would be wise for residents to be mindful of the following warning signals flagged by the Planning Officer’s report in regard to the redevelopment of the EGC site in its Council Agenda dated 28 April 2009 under  the section:
Customer/Community Impact (5.3)
 “Manningham has a population of some 116,000 residents.  It is possible that a redevelopment of the subject site may result in a range between 600 to 1,000 additional residential blocks.  Any redevelopment of the site for residential purposes will have an impact on Council’s existing community services and infrastructure.”
If the redevelopment of the EGC has already caused Manningham Council’s Planning Officers to recognise that there will be an impact on our existing community services and infrastructure – how is our environment going to cope with all the high-rise towers and intense density apartment blocks being proposed, whether they are in Doncaster Hill, the DD08, DD09 or whatever subsequent overlay may be proposed, or the extending of current overlays to absorb more suburban residential streets within the Council’s planning web.  This is already being foreshadowed within the Residential Strategy Review. 
It is unfair, unbalanced and lacks integrity.
 I can hear a voice from the past loud and clear: please explain.
Susie Howard

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